In celebration of National Poetry Month, Tim Lilburn, Governor General’s Award-winning poet talks about the power of writerly obsession. Check out this bit he did for the Canada Reads site on writing poetry.
Is writer’s block an authors worst fear? Maybe not…what about getting it on the page and having it disappear? That’s what happened to a blind woman in the UK who wrote the beginnings of her novel to find out her pen had run out and the pages were blank. Find out how the help from a local police station left her gobsmacked.
Are you making the most out of National Poetry Month? Need a kick start? Writer’s Digest is providing daily poetry prompts, to help you get stated with a daily attempt at poetry brilliance in a Poem-A-Day Challenge. No excuses…get going!
Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was selected as the winner for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads. It went on to become an international bestseller. The book sparked a bidding war for film rights. She was named by Chatelaine as one of the most influential women in Canada. So when she has something clever or brilliant or interesting to say, I’m always compelled to listen. This time it’s both clever and brillant.
One of my favourite blogs is by author (and at one time literary agent) Nathan Bransford. He has a plethora of exceptional posts on every writing topic one can imagine. Today’s post is on editing – or the role of the editor, and it’s well worth a read. If you are an editor – it’s a must - becuase he talks about the responsibilities more than the task. And for writers – this article will give you a great idea of what you should come to expect from an editor looking at your work. Good read…